It’s a stereotype Melora herself held onto for a long time, and one she is now actively trying to change with The Bold Type.
“When I was a little girl — I have been acting professionally for many years. My mother was an actress and my father was an actor — one night, my mother was tucking me into bed, and I said to her, ‘When I get famous, I’m going to quit acting’. She asked me why. I replied ‘because I don’t want to be a bitch’.
“What that really tells us is that I had been programmed by television that if you ever become successful at what you do or become famous, you will also have to be an asshole.
“I saw that a lot on TV. But I was born in 1967, and at the time, this was the collective unconscious we had about women. So it’s important now that we’re seeing a woman like Jacqueline on TV, who is powerful and fashionable. She’s at the top of her game. She’s…